Hawaii’s Best Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured by another vehicle while riding a bicycle in Hawaii, you are entitled to the same legal rights as other vehicle operators. Just because you are not a motorist does not mean your rights are less than those who are supposed to share the road with you.
Most drivers in Hawaii drive with Aloha, but unfortunately, some can treat bicyclists with little respect. This wanton disregard for the safety of others may cause serious accidents. It’s not uncommon for bicyclists to ride along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway on the Big Island due to its wonderful scenery. Drivers need to be aware of bicyclists on the road every bit as much as they need to be aware of other vehicles, as far as the law is concerned.
Hawaii’s No-Fault Policy
Many bicyclists in Hawaii fail to understand the no-fault insurance system of the state. All motorists in Hawaii should have their own no-fault policy that covers medical costs. In a bicycle and auto accident, Hawaii’s no-fault insurance system allows injured bicyclists to receive up to $10,000 in medical benefits from the policy of the motor vehicle. This holds true regardless of who is found to be at fault, meaning it’s not required to prove negligence on the part of the motorist. Hence, the title, “no-fault.”
If you suffer severe injuries requiring a long hospital stay, and your medical bills exceed the amount covered by the motorist’s no-fault insurance policy, then things get a little more complicated. This is where you will definitely want to consult with one of our experienced and competent bicycle injury lawyers. We can help you navigate the turbulent seas of legality regarding bicycle injury claims.
Head Injuries and Helmets
Most bicycle accidents that prove fatal result from head injuries, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Properly fitted bicycle helmets can help to reduce the risk of brain injury. A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine concluded that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by up to 70 percent. For this reason, all bicycle riders should wear a helmet. Some guidelines for proper helmet fitting include:
- Select a helmet that fits as snugly as possible. The helmet should sit low on the forehead, a finger or two above the eyebrow.
- Adjust the straps so they form a V-shape under your ears. The strap buckle should be under your chin and not to either side. The straps should be tight enough that opening your mouth causes the helmet to move downward.
- Purchase a helmet certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Following these guidelines will help ensure your safety as a bicycle rider. Still, injuries can occur in any instance of a collision with a motor vehicle. Being mindful of proper safety practices reduces your chances of serious injury.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident in the state of Hawaii, please contact one of our competent bicycle accident lawyers today.